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Alesis MasterLink ML-9600 Master Disk Recorder   

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The Alesis MasterLink ML-9600 Master Disk Recorder is an easy-to-use tool to tackle a tough job. CD24 technology allows you to record and play back 2...Read More

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Hard disk recording and editing, digital signal processing, and CD burning in one easy-to-use box.

The Alesis MasterLink ML-9600 Master Disk Recorder is an easy-to-use tool to tackle a tough job. CD24 technology allows you to record and play back 24-bit, 96kHz CDs using inexpensive CDR media. Its CD recorder is seamlessly linked with a built-in 40GB hard disk recorder and essential tools for digital signal processing, editing, and mastering. Record direct-to-disk using any of the four standard sample rates (44.1, 48, 88.2, or 96kHz) and choice of three word lengths (16, 20, or 24 bit). Built-in signal processing includes equalization, compression, normalization, and peak limiting. Finally, push one button and burn your master onto CD in either Red Book or CD24 format. CD24 format uses the ISO 9660 format and standard audio file formats so its discs can be read by Macintosh, Windows, and Unix computer platforms. Most mastering facilities now accept MasterLink disks, making it an industry-standard mix-down device!

For live recording, there's nothing better--record entire performances in stunning 24-bit/96kHz clarity without ever stopping to change tapes or CDs.

As a songwriter's tool, the MasterLink is perfect for capturing every improvisational idea that any songwriting session can produce. In addition, it is the perfect device to store any songwriter's entire collection of work. Build a custom demo CD at a moment's notice!

FEATURES
  • Easily assemble and burn custom-mix CDs
  • Apply EQ, compression, and limiting to your mixes
  • Burn standard Red Book or high-res CDs on inexpensive CDRs
  • Adjust individual song levels and control fade-ins and fade-outs
  • Drag-and-drop high-res (24/96) files from CD24 discs into computer-based systems
  • NEW TO VERSION 2.0:
  • Split and join track segments to create new tracks or alternate mixes
  • Instantly copy EQ/Compressor/Limiter settings from one track to another
  • Back up and store tracks along with their associated MasterLink processing settings
  • Load whole CDs complete with track IDs into a playlist in one simple step
SPECIFICATIONS

MasterLink ML-9600 Master Disk Recorder

  • Audio (44.1kHz and 48kHz) frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz, +0/-0.3dB
    THD+N: <0.002% @ 1kHz, -1dBFS
    Signal-to-noise ratio: 113dB, A-weighted
    A/D converter: 24-bit, 128x oversampling
    D/A converter: 24-bit 128x oversampling
    Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, and 96kHz
    Word lengths: 16-, 20-, and 24-bit
    CD drive type: ATAPI CD-ROM (8x read, 4x write)
    CD read/write Formats: Red Book, CD24
    Hard disk type: 40GB IDE Drive

    Hard disk max recording times
    10 hours @ 24-bit/96kHz
    32 hours @ 16-bit/ 44.1kHz

    Digital inputs and outputs
    AES/EBU-compatible balanced XLR connectors
    S/PDIF-compatible unbalanced coaxial (RCA) connectors

    Analog inputs and outputs
    Balanced XLR connectors (+4dBu)
    Unbalanced phono (RCA) connectors (-10dBV)

    Nominal input and output level
    Balanced: +4dBu (-15dBFS)
    Unbalanced: -10dBV (-15dBFS)

    Maximum output
    Balanced: +19dBu = 0dBFS
    Unbalanced: +5dBV = 0dBFS

    Input impedance
    Balanced: 15kOhm nominal
    Unbalanced: 10kOhm nominal

    Output impedance
    Balanced: 75ohm nominal
    Unbalanced: 150ohm nominal

    Power Requirements: 90-240 VAC, 40W max; 50/60Hz
    Dimensions: 19"W x 3.5"H x 11"D
    Weight: 16-1/2 lbs.
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4.4

(based on 15 reviews)

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Best Gear For Its Price

Quite honestly, I don't know what all the fuss here is all about. This gear, especially for the price you pay for it, is perhaps one of the most awesome and prolific mastering...Read complete review

Quite honestly, I don't know what all the fuss here is all about. This gear, especially for the price you pay for it, is perhaps one of the most awesome and prolific mastering and mixdown tools you'll ever own in your studio. First, let me clear this up; the unit was not built nor intented as a regular CD burner. It's a MIXDOWN and MASTERING tool, with an expandable internal hard drive, replacing the ever popular DAT machines. Simply put it; IT'S ONE OF THE BEST TOOLS you will ever own!! Browse on-line for all the pro studios, you will certainly find that almost every single one of them owns this gear in their mastering room.

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Buyer Beware

The Masterlink ML9600 makes beautiful recordings, but it has two fatal flaws. Editing recordings for rendering to CD requires multiple presses on the "play" button, which is exactly adjacent to and...Read complete review

The Masterlink ML9600 makes beautiful recordings, but it has two fatal flaws. Editing recordings for rendering to CD requires multiple presses on the "play" button, which is exactly adjacent to and unseparated from the "record" button. Accidentally hitting both simultaneously will make your recording unavailable. It is still on the hard disc if you don't record over the selection, but the software will not allow retrieval of the data. Alesis absolutely will not help and in explanation talks inappropriately about their "proprietary" software. In like manner, if power goes off, or if you turn off power before hitting "stop," you will lose your entire session. These flaws are unacceptable and should be deal breakers.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You can't be kidding.....

By Country John

from Tijuana Mexico

There are two kinds of people on this planet. Those who understand the mastering process and those who do not. For those of you who DO understand the mastering process and have experience mastering old-school, then you will be delighted to now have everything except your old gear at your fingertips.We're not trying to keep the needle in the grooves anymore. We are mastering for a very dynamic market that uses modern recording techniques and requires modern mastering equipment to process these new and hot mixes. This deck does it all. It's sweet, it works, get it in the rack, read the manual (a bit confusing) and put it to work. It's pro gear, industrial strength etc.If you do NOT understand the mastering process, then you should get a decent consumer recorder or stick with your laptop to burn your "masters."For the rest of us, there is the Masterlink. Buy it. You'll love it.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Buyer Beware

By RPH3

from Indianapolis, IN

The Masterlink ML9600 makes beautiful recordings, but it has two fatal flaws. Editing recordings for rendering to CD requires multiple presses on the "play" button, which is exactly adjacent to and unseparated from the "record" button. Accidentally hitting both simultaneously will make your recording unavailable. It is still on the hard disc if you don't record over the selection, but the software will not allow retrieval of the data. Alesis absolutely will not help and in explanation talks inappropriately about their "proprietary" software. In like manner, if power goes off, or if you turn off power before hitting "stop," you will lose your entire session. These flaws are unacceptable and should be deal breakers.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best Gear For Its Price

By GM-V0S47

from Corsicana, TX

Quite honestly, I don't know what all the fuss here is all about. This gear, especially for the price you pay for it, is perhaps one of the most awesome and prolific mastering and mixdown tools you'll ever own in your studio. First, let me clear this up; the unit was not built nor intented as a regular CD burner. It's a MIXDOWN and MASTERING tool, with an expandable internal hard drive, replacing the ever popular DAT machines. Simply put it; IT'S ONE OF THE BEST TOOLS you will ever own!! Browse on-line for all the pro studios, you will certainly find that almost every single one of them owns this gear in their mastering room.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

OK

By BH-4K-RS

from Memphis, TN

Good unit, but the system OS crapped out on me, there is no download page on Alesis' support page for software updates (9600 Not Found, how convenient), and no software CD was included with the original unit. So when I ever get an update CD from Alesis, my data will most likely all be wiped out. I backed up most of my important masters to CD already, but still it's a pain.Good unit (when it works), but back up EVERYTHING EVERY DAY. YOU WILL BE SORRY IF YOU DON'T.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good box for newbies.

By e.man-HpIkt

from Hollywood

I bought this box along with a bunch of other stuff, without reading all its promo material. First big problem, no computer keyboard input on back, you end up diddling with the little front panel, to do simple jobs. BIGGEST PROBLEM, the unit will not record a Real Time CD, everything has to be captured to the internal HD and... Rendered??? Big hassle, especially for those who have pro tools, you can do anything this unit will do with pro tools and a regualr CD burner, better, faster. The unit's internal signall processing is terrible, not for professional use. This is a great unit for those who have never mastered a CD, field recording and other tasks, like burning repeat copies, other than that, if you have pro tools and a DVD/CD burner, you can do a much more better job and faster. This box adds another step to your work by insisting that you capture all to its HD, then lay out a playlist, before a CD burn. The CD 24 feature is nice, however, you can burn exactly the same thing w/your computer and play them back from your computer CD burner. The 24 bit CDs this unit creates will not play back on an audio CD player, they are CD-ROMS, they will play back on the master link or since they are ISO-9660 discs a computer. This unit is great for those who want a mastering auto pilot machine, field recording and pretty much a hassle all around elswhere. Buy the Tascam 7X series RT burner. After all CD audio still has to live on 44.1k 16 bit media, for now. The Masterlink adds another dsp step to your final burn, never a good thing. Might as well burn RT and find out how your final disc will sound right away, so you can adjust your mix eq. and levels to get instant mix feedback on your favorite monitors or jam box. I gave mine away!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Crown Jewel of my Studio

By Dairenn

from Los Angeles, CA

I get my home studio recordings to sound radio-ready with this unit. MUCH better than worrying about doing it on a computer. I did NOT want to master on a computer! This comes with low noise analog ins/outs, and digital ins/outs, a rock-solid OS that never fails, all the tools you need to acheive professional results when producing your own CDs. I was even able to upgrade the internal hard drive to 20GB so that I could have multiple, concurrent projects. The DSP is absolutely as high quality as you can get; the look-ahead limiter is a life saver. My only two criticisms are that it would have bee nice if it could have supported CD text, and, when you start to change the frequences you want in the EQ, it picks some odd numbers when you just want, say, 6kHz. No one is going to notice, esp. if you use the right Q. This recorder should be in every home studio.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best combo Studio starter/workhorse recording/burn

After much careful deliberation of products available, I decided I'd rather go with a recorder that I could make CD's with. Alesis ML-9600 offer top quality, easy to use, durable product that is fit for the road (respect it as expensive & sensitive please!) and worthy of producing a top quality audio masterpiece in a relatively short period of time. I was fortunate enough to find a refurbished model available at Musician's Friend, which had recently had it's hard disk replaced. They were also nice enough to upgrade the software while it was being refurbished, and I ended up with a top of the line hard disk recorder that burns CD's that sound awesome. This baby is a great choice for a simple tool that can tackle a tough job, and shine like first prize everytime. Someday I hope to have enough cash to step up to some more expensive gear, that I hope will be able to do at least this good in producing great music! I'm sure that gear will not be as easy to use as the ML-9600 is. You'll LOVE IT!!!

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5.0

Best live recorder I have ever used.

By Skip-Y8Roc

from Salem, OR

I was impressed with mixing from my Roland VS1680 directly to the ML-9600. Then I took the unit and recorded a live performance right from the mixing board of the group. I then took out all of the between song chatter and noise with just a few button presses. I then burned a CD for the group. They were very excited. What a neat product!

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great digital way to transfer music to CD

By 2AK

from Honolulu, HI

this is pretty awesome...it's very easy to use and the quality is great

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5.0

Quit shopping and just buy it!

By JD@Studio 46

from Floyds Knobs, IN

The Masterlink ML-9600 is truly a magic box. If you have a multi track set up and need to master cds, this is the thing to get. Obviously you can scan the owners manual on line, however the actual operation is much simpler than described. I wish I would have purchased one sooner!

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